The weather forecast promised much but was under-whelming in delivery today. What was forecast as a 15 knot North-Easter turned out to be 0-8 knots, gusty and swirling right around the compass. Never-the- less 15 skippers turned up for IOM handicap racing at the dam. Course setting was challenging as there were sometimes 180 degree wind shifts even before the start sequence had completed. A couple of the races after lunch featured tacking on every leg of the course!
While in some races the long handicapped boats ‘got away’ and had the course to themselves, in others they fell into a hole only to watch the scratch boats catch and pass them in a gust. Despite this many of the races featured very close finishes.
With seven races completed today the race tally allows skippers just one discard.
Third place overall today went to the ever-consistent John Hall.
Second was taken by Peter Turner who won the first three races consecutively.
And today’s winner was John Cole-Cook, again sailing his older IOM. After lunch John was a fixture on the podium. This result follows second overall last week.
All the best to our skippers who will be competing in the A class Nationals in South Australia on the weekend. For the rest of us there will be:
Sunday – Marblehead scratch at Montrose. Button Press 1:00.
Wednesday – IOM handicap at the Dam. Button press 11:00.
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